Waupaca County property taxpayers will see a decrease in the county government portion of their tax bill in December. County Finance Director Heidi Dombrowski gave the County Board a first reading of the 2020 budget this morning. The county’s tax rate, to cover a 28.4 million dollar levy, will be 6 dollars and 70 cents per thousand dollars valuation, a decrease of 16 cents, or a 2.3 percent drop. Part of that is due to the county’s equalized valuation increasing by 120 million dollars, a 2.9 percent increase. Waupaca County’s median value for a home is 142-thousand dollars, so the average taxpayer will see a decrease of about 22 dollars in the county portion of their bill. The budget includes a 2 percent salary increase for employees, and a 7 percent decrease in employees health insurance premiums. It also includes two new patrol officers for the sheriff’s office, and an evidence technician. And because debt payments from 2009 ended last May, and debt from 2010 will be paid off in March, the county will pay nearly two million dollars less in debt service in 2020 than it did in 2017. The public hearing on the Waupaca County budget is November 12th at 9:00 a.m.